Cancer and Diet: Here’s What You Should Know | Forks Over Knives

By Dana Hudepohl,

It’s expected that by the year 2030, there will be 21.7 million cases of cancer around the world, up from 14.1 million cases in 2012, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 40 percent of cancers are preventable, and diet can impact cancer risk in several ways. In this article, we’ll review the scientific research on the connections between diet and cancer.

What Is Cancer?

New human cells are routinely formed as healthy cells grow and divide. It is normal for old, damaged, or abnormal cells to die, making room for these new cells. When suboptimal cells continue to replicate instead of dying out, they force out healthy cells. The spread of the unhealthy cells can lead to cancer.

Diet can play an important role in cancer risk. Read on to learn about the research on diet and cancer, including foods to avoid.

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